Infectious Diseases 2008

Infectious Diseases 2008

USA: Avian Influenza found in Rhode Island duck

12 December, 2008

A state veterinarian says a duck shot by a hunter in Johnston last month has tested positive for avian influenza.
Officials are asking hunters and poultry farmers to keep an eye out for birds that appear ill. Poultry farmers may notice some of their fowl with respiratory illnesses or a drop in egg production
Veterinarian Scott Marshall tells The Providence Journal the H5 strain appears to be nonfatal, but there is concern it could mutate into fatal form for birds.